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"The Prince of Peace," 2 Nephi 19:6 & 7

2 Nephi 19:6 & 7

The idea that the Savior of mankind will also become the supreme governor of the nations has capture my attention in this reading of these memorable verses.

"For unto us a child is born, and unto us a son is given..." one of their own. "And the government shall be upon his shoulders." This strikes me as amazing. The weight of the government of the nations shall be upon Christ. So effective will be his leadership, so profoundly revolutionary shall be its effects, that people will call Him "Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

The following verse states that this government that the Lord will establish will continue to expand and have no end to its increase. Yet the use of government in this sense is so different from the current, secular definition of government as I understand it today. This isn't to suggest that there will be an increase in government spending and programs. Christ's government will require a great deal of training and instruction.

The essence of Christ's government is self-discipline. With control of one's self, there is peace within one's self and with all those around them. There is also the ingredient of inspiration/revelation, that will be prominent in the government of Christ. The ability to connect with Heaven through revelation will make it possible for effective government to be administered at all levels efficiently. "The zeal of the Lord of Hosts shall perform this." (vs. 7)

On the topic of government, I've discovered or re-discovered Doctrine and Covenants 134 which offers a declaration on the role of government as viewed from the position of the Church.